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MS – HUNTING – Winter Is The Time To Hunt Big Bucks

Earlier this week while leaving for work in the morning the last words I said to my wife when I felt the cold chill in the air were, “This is a good deer day. I love hunting close to Christmas when the days are shorter, and the weather is cold.” Meanwhile, on that same morning, Michael Skelton, a Berwick native now living in Luling, was already in his stand hunting in Yazoo County, Mississippi. If the Skelton name rings a bell, he is the son of John and Darlene Skelton of Berwick, who taught a couple generations of Berwick High School students. John and Darlene’s careers at BHS covered 30 and 33 years respectively. After seeing plenty of deer right at daylight with a number of small bucks running around moving away from him, at around 8 a.m. Skelton decided to get down from his stand and move. Some 450 yards through the woods directly east of him was another stand. Since the smaller bucks were pushing a doe in that direction, he thought maybe he stood a better chance of seeing something better. While walking through the timber he blew his grunt call slowly every few minutes to try and simulate a buck. Peak deer rut periods vary region to region across the southeast. Usually, in both Louisiana and Mississippi, there is either some sort of first or second rut happening during the month of December. Skelton laughed, saying, “At this time of year it only takes one hot doe to get the attention of a big-boy. Just like us, where there are females, more than likely there are going to be guys chasing them. One of my tactics is to stay close or near areas that house lots of does.” “Being in areas that hold does,” Skelton continued, “working a grunt call or estrus bleat call sequence every so often to try and simulate a buck doe interaction will drive a bigger mature buck to come in and take over the doe.” About 20 minutes after leaving his first stand, Skelton climbed up into his new position, and racked a shell into his .270 Winchester. No sooner had he settled in and grabbed his binoculars, when he looked up, “there he was,” Skelton says, walking down the shooting lane away from him some 300 yards away.  [full article]

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